8.12.09

Mora thoughts on the Mora knife

Heres a very interesting review I found of the Mora knife (www.thefreelibrary.com/) - I particularly like the quote from the blacksmith - something to consider in this day and age!





The Mora knife: The backwoodsman's choice.

Ask any back-country inhabitant--homesteader, hunter, trapper, fisherman, prospector or backwoodsman--what tool they most frequently use. The answer will most likely be their knife. This bit of wisdom is nothing new. Every historical account we have of early settlers and frontiersmen speaks of knives and their uses. Look at the paintings of the Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel and his graphic depictions of peasant life in the middle ages and one notices the knife that hangs from each person's belt. The myriad of chores from butchering and dressing game and livestock, preparing hides, whittling Whittling is the art of carving shapes out of raw wood with a knife.

Whittling is typically performed with a light, small-bladed knife, usually a pocket knife. Specialised whittling knives are available as well. and carving wood, to cutting rope, opening feed bags and preparing food is the work of the knife.

The daily tasks the knife performs are timeless. Bruegel's peasant, an early American settler and a contemporary homesteader

Not only are the tasks timeless, but the pattern of the working knife is timeless as well. Accounts from the American frontier speak of simple, straight knives with blade lengths of four to six inches, carried in deep pouch sheaths. This is the knife of the peasant, the trapper, the farmer. It is simple, functional and inexpensive.

Blacksmith Jim Dickson once said that people who use knives the most are usually those who can least afford them. This being the case, the charge then is to put a knife of the highest quality into the hands of those whose life and livelihood depend upon it. All at a price that those with a slim wallet can afford. Enter the Mora Knife Mora knife in Swedish Morakniv. The "mora" is a term used to refer to a range of popular belt-knives manufactured by the cutleries of the town of Mora in Dalarna, Sweden, primarily by Frosts knivfabrik and Mora of Sweden (previously known as KJ Eriksson). from Sweden.

This writer has had the good fortune to take several wilderness survival courses, both winter and summer, with Mors Kochanski at his camp in western Alberta. Mors is perhaps the finest instructor of sub-arctic survival skills in the world. It was while training with Mors that I was introduced to the Mora Knife.

The Mora, is a true survival knife Survival knives are intended for survival purposes when lost in a wilderness environment. Military units frequently issue some type of survival knife. Hunters, hikers, and other outdoor sport enthusiasts also purchase and use great numbers of commercial survival knives. , suited to daily living in the bush. The Mora's configuration conforms to those patterns which have stood the test of time and have endured since the iron age. It is the traditional Scandinavian pattern and a more useful knife would be difficult to imagine. The straight blade is available in lengths from four to six inches and is of superb Swedish steel. The edge has a Rockwell of 60 on the hardness scale, which means that it will keep its razor edge yet, due to the grind and bevel, is easy to resharpen. The handle is oval in shape and made of birch. The Moras come with and without finger guards and blades come in high carbon and stainless steel. I prefer high carbon but either holds a superb edge.

What is extraordinary about the Mora is the price. Depending upon sheath material and model, prices range from $12 to $28. Thus fulfilling the promise of the finest backwoods knife at a price which is affordable.

Mora Knives are available from Blue Ox Knives, 728 Westview St., Philadelphia, PA 19119, (215) 844-5960. Write or call for price list.

DAN SHECHTMAN Dan Shechtman is the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. In 1982, he discovered the icosahedral phase, which opened the new field of quasiperiodic crystals. Resources

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728 WESTVIEW ST. PHILADELPHIA, PA 19119

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